‘Al-Qaeda recruiter’ alleges sexual abuse inside Tihar Jail

Shamiun Rahman alleged that he was sexually harassed by Tihar Jail security personnel and accused prison authorities of inhuman behaviour towards him.

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Updated: November 4, 2017 7:14 am
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A Delhi court has sought the response of Tihar Jail authorities on a sexual harassment complaint filed by a British national inside the prison, where he is lodged for allegedly recruiting youths for al-Qaeda to carry out terror activities.

Shamiun Rahman, 27, a British national of Bangladeshi origin, was arrested in September for his alleged involvement in recruiting Rohingya Muslims for the terror outfit to train them to fight against the Myanmar army.

In his application moved before Additional Sessions Judge Siddharth Sharma, he alleged that he was sexually harassed by Tihar Jail security personnel and inhuman behaviour was meted out to him by the prison authorities.

“Five personnel came and searched me and touched my body very inappropriately… and after that they told to strip my clothes… and deliberately harassed me sexually (sic),” Rahman stated in his application. The court has sought a reply from jail authorities on November 8.

The application further states that the accused is lodged in the high-risk ward of jail number 1, and that the incident took place on November 2, when the personnel came to search his locked cell. “After stripping my clothes, they touched my rectum one by one,” he alleged in his application. In his plea, the applicant requested the court to direct the SHO to lodge an FIR against the five “culprits”.

Rahman’s lawyer, M S Khan, said the accused is already in isolation and the jail authorities had said that he moves around only in the designated corridors after other inmates are locked up in their cells.

“It means that the accused doesn’t have any access to other inmates. Then, what is the need to strip him naked… He has also been denied British Consular access as per an officer from the British Embassy,” Khan claimed.

The Special Cell of Delhi Police had alleged that the process of radicalisation of Rahman alias Raju Bhai began in a jail in London, where he was lodged on charges of rash driving.

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